Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2015

Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for fifth time

Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on 23 May 2015.

Governor K. Rosaiah administered the oath of office and secrecy to her at oath taking ceremony held at Centenary Auditorium of the University of Madras in Chennai.

With this, Jayalalithaa became 29th chief minister of Tamil Nadu for record fifth time which matches the record of former state CM and DMK leader M Karunanidhi.

Apart from Jayalalithaa, 28 other ministers also took oath of office and secrecy. All the ministers for the first time in the history of the state took oath of office and secrecy as a chorus.

Background

  • In September 2014, she had stepped down as the CM after trial court convicted and had sentenced her to 4 years in jail in the 19-year old Disproportionate Assets case.
  • After this judgment of trial court she was disqualified as an MLA in accordance section 8 of the Representation of People’s Act (RPA), 1951.
  • However, Karnataka High Court had acquitted her in the disproportionate assets case on May 11, 2015 which had paved way for her to take over the reins as CM of Tamil Nadu again.

Section 8 of RPA, 1915: Any convicted person sentenced to imprisonment for more than two years is disqualified from the date of such conviction and further barred from contesting election for 6 years after the release.

Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan passes away

Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan passed away on 8 April 2015 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 81.

He was known for charting a new course in Tamil literature with his bold and progressive works.

About Jayakanthan

  • Jayakanthan was born on 24 April, 1934 in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. He was famously known as JK among novelists and literary enthusiasts.
  • Apart from being novelist, he was also journalist, essayist, pamphleteer, filmmaker and critic.
  • In his entire career, he had written around 40 novels and 200 short stories. His work mostly highlighted social injustices and economic inequality.
  • Jayakanthan’s novels Cinemavukku Pona Chithalu, Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, Oru Nadigai Nadagam Paarkiral and Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan were adapted into films.
  • He was also associated with undivided Communist Party of India (CPI).
  • He was founder of the Indo-Russian Cultural and Friendship Society.
  • Awards- Sahitya Akademi Award (1972) for his Tamil novel Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, Jnanpith Award (2002), Padma Bhushan (2009).
  • Russian government had conferred Order of Friendship (2011) on him for his translation works of Russian novelist Pushkin.

Renowned Tamil singer EM Hanifa passes away

Renowned Tamil Muslim devotional singer EM Hanifa passed away on 9 April 2015 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 90.

He was well-known for his number of devotional songs and was a leading propagandist of Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Party for more than five decades.

About EM Hanifa

  • EM Hanifa hailed from pilgrim town of Nagore in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu.
  • His voice had transcended religious lines and Iraivanidam Kaiyenthungal (look up to God he never says no) song of him was an evergreen which was liked by all crossing across religious barriers.
  • Apart from lending his voice for religious songs he was also well-known singer for popularizing the Dravidian ideals.
  • Political career- He was a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council (now defunct) in the early 1970s.
  • In 2002, he had contested as a DMK Candidate from Vaniyambadi but was not able to win.

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